Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Qualcomm MSM8974

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 is an ARM-based SoC for tablets and smartphonesIt is built at TSMC in a 28nm HPM (High Performance Mobile) HKMG process, whereas the Snapdragon 600 was manufactured in 28nm LP. In addition to 4 CPU cores with a clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz, the chip also integrates an Adreno 330 GPU up to 450 MHz, an LPDDR3-1600 memory controller and various radio modules (UMTS/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS).

Processor 

The CPU portion is based on Qualcomm's Krait architecture, which is compatible with ARMv7 ISA. Compared to the Snapdragon 600 (Krait 300), the new Krait 400 cores of the Snapdragon 800 have been tweaked just slightly with faster L2 cache. Thanks to a clock rate of up to 2.3 GHz and a high performance per MHz somewhere between an ARM Cortex-A9 and a Cortex-A15, the Snapdragon 800 offers very strong CPU performance. The S800 competes with the Nvidia Tegra 4, Samsung Exynos 5420 and Apple A7 and is therefore one of the fastest ARM SoCs on the market as of 2013.

Graphics

Another difference between the Snapdragon 600 and 800 is the graphics unit. While the S600 implements an Adreno 320 (400 to 450 MHz), the S800 features the faster Adreno 330 (450 MHz). Both GPUs offer the same amount of texture units (8 TMUs), but the Adreno 330 has 50 percent more shaders (probably 6x SIMD16 vs. 4x SIMD16 of the previous generation). In conjunction with the higher memory bandwidth, the performance is significantly better. As a result, the Adreno 330 is slightly faster than the Mali-T628 (Exynos 5420) and the PowerVR G6430 (Apple A7). Depending on the device and cooling, however, the performance may vary. The GPU supports OpenGL ES 3.0 as well as OpenCL 1.2.

Features 

Furthermore, the MSM8974 supports many wireless technologies: Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), GSM (GPRS, EDGE), W-CDMA/UMTS (HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, cat.29 DC-HSPA+), MBMS, cat.4 LTE, CDMA2000 (1X RTT, 1 × EV-DO Rel.0/Rev.A/Rev.B, 1× EV-DO Rev.A MC, 1× Adv Rev.A/Rev.B) and TD-SCDMA. 

The MSM8974 can encode and play UHD 4K videos in 3840x2160 at 30 FPS (120 Mbps H.264 High Profile) sumiltaneously via dedicated hardware. Moreover, it supports both USB 2.0 and 3.0 and cameras up to 55 megapixels and stereoscopic 3D.

Power Consumption

Thanks to the new 28nm HPM HKMG process, the energy efficiency has been improved significantly compared to its LP 28nm S600 predecessor. Depending on the field of application, the maximum power consumption should be about 3 W for smartphones or 4 W or greater for tablets. This should be similar to comparable ARM SoCs currently in the market.

SeriesQualcomm
CodenameKrait 400
Clock Rate2300 MHz
Level 1 Cache4x 32 KB
Level 2 Cache2048 KB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology28 nm
FeaturesAdreno 330 (450 MHz), LTE cat.4, UMTS, MBMS, GSM, CDMA2000, tD-SCDMA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR3-1600 Memory Controller (12.8 GB/s)
64 Bitno 64 Bit support
Announcement Date06/19/2013

CPU Benchmarks

Linpack for Android:
0% 100%
min: 95.049     avg: 385.4 (56.03%)     max: 499.008 MFLOPS
Linpack for Android:
0% 100%
min: 273.81     avg: 824.9 (75.18%)     max: 1095.238 MFLOPS
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 564.6     avg: 777.8 (93.49%)     max: 1087.2 ms*
Sunspider:
0% 100%
min: 545.2     avg: 742.3 (83.62%)     max: 1003.4 ms*
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 2166     avg: 3696.2 (29.04%)     max: 4145 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Integer
0% 100%
min: 1447     avg: 2524.3 (18.48%)     max: 2796 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Floating Point
0% 100%
min: 3191     avg: 5615 (33.75%)     max: 6430 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Memory
0% 100%
min: 2217     avg: 3367 (38.23%)     max: 3971 Points
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit: Stream
0% 100%
min: 993     avg: 1745.1 (18.65%)     max: 2145 Points
AnTuTu Benchmark v3: CPU
0% 100%
min: 15386     avg: 15386 (100%)     max: 15386 points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 14646     avg: 15511 (28.65%)     max: 17059 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 7791     avg: 9205 (19.32%)     max: 10619 Points
3DMark (2013): Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
0% 100%
min: 12181     avg: 14830.6 (23.43%)     max: 17257 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Single-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 521     avg: 871.2 (25.97%)     max: 956 Points
Geekbench 3: 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
0% 100%
min: 1613     avg: 2586.2 (20.15%)     max: 2995 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 6816.4     avg: 9621.1 (85.69%)     max: 27066.8 ms*
Octane V2: Total Score
0% 100%
min: 3810     avg: 4027.4 (16.82%)     max: 4278 Points
- Range of benchmarks for this CPU
- Average benchmark score

Octane V2 in comparison
MT6572 (min)
1317 
...
Mediatek MT6592
3085 
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
3131 
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960DT
3187 
Qualcomm MSM8974
4027.4 
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
4147 
Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa
4316 
NVIDIA Tegra 4
4834.6 
...
Intel Core i7 4600U (max)
23947 

Reviews for the Qualcomm MSM8974 processor

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 7.0")
» Review Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 Tablet - Review
» Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch - External Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 8.9")
» Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch - External Review

Asus New Padfone (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10.1, 5.0")
» Review Asus New Padfone Smartphone - Review
» Asus New Padfone - External Review

Google Nexus 5 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.0")
» Review Google Nexus 5 Smartphone - Review
» Google Nexus 5 - External Review

LG G Flex (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 6.0")
» Review LG G Flex Phablet - Review
» LG G Flex - External Review

LG G2 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.2")
» Review LG G2 Smartphone - Review
» LG G2 - External Review

LG Optimus G Pro 2 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.9")
» LG Optimus G Pro 2 - External Review

Nokia Lumia 1520 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 6.0")
» Review Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablet - Review
» Nokia Lumia 1520 - External Review

Nokia Lumia 2520 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10.1")
» Nokia Lumia 2520 - External Review

Nokia Lumia 930 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.0")
» Nokia Lumia 930 - External Review

Nokia Lumia Icon (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.0")
» Nokia Lumia Icon - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10.1")
» Review Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet - Review
» Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.7")
» Review Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 Smartphone - Review
» Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 12.2")
» Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet - Review
» Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10.1")
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE-Version - External Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 8.4")
» Review Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi Tablet - Review
» Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 - External Review

Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 6.44")
» Review Sony Xperia Z Ultra Smartphone - Review
» Sony Xperia Z Ultra - External Review

Sony Xperia Z1 (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.0")
» Review Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone - Review
» Sony Xperia Z1 - External Review

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 4.3")
» Review Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Smartphone - Review
» Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - External Review

Sony Xperia Z1s (Qualcomm Adreno 330, 5.0")
» Sony Xperia Z1s - External Review

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Other CPUs of the series

» Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra K1
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
   2.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
   2.45 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB
   2.36 GHz / 2 MB
» VIA Nano QuadCore L4700
   1.2 GHz / 4 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8974AB
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT6595
   2 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
   1.8 GHz / 0.5 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 4
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A7
   1.3 GHz / 1 MB + 4 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5410 Octa
   1.6 GHz / 0.5 MB
» MT8135
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8936
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6592
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Samsung Exynos 5260 Hexa
   1.7 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm APQ8064T
   1.7 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064A
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 MSM8939
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3188
   1.8 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
   0 GHz / 0 MB
» Intel Celeron 220
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB
» AMD GX-210JA
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» Apple A6x
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm 8930AB
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060A
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260A
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Apple A6
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad
   1.4 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 3
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6589T
   1.5 GHz / 2 MB
» Mediatek MT8389
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT8125
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Mediatek MT6582M
   1.3 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT6589
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8227
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» Intel Celeron 2.8
   2.8 GHz / 0.1 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4212 1.5 GHz
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» OMAP 4470
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» k3v2 Hi3620
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3066
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm 8225Q
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Mediatek MT8312
   1.3 GHz / 0 MB
» MP5232
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Marvell Technology Group PXA986
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» AML8726-MX
   1.5 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660
   1.7 GHz / 1 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260
   1.5 GHz / 1 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4210 1.4 GHz
   1.4 GHz / 1 MB
» OMAP 4460
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» RK3168
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Samsung Exynos 4210 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» MT8377
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Broadcom BCM28155
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 4430
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» MT6572
   1.2 GHz / 1 MB
» Apple A5x
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8225
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A5
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NVIDIA Tegra 250
   1 GHz / 1 MB
» MTK 8317T
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» MT6577
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NovaThor U8500
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» NovaThor U8420
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» MT6575
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8255
   1.5 GHz / 0 MB
» RK2918 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» A10
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Cortex A8 1.2 GHz
   1.2 GHz / 0 MB
» Apple A4
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» A13
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» WM8950
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm MSM7227A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» Qualcomm MSM7225A
   1 GHz / 0.3 MB
» OMAP 3630 1GHz
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» OMAP 3622
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» RK2918
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» TCC8803 1GHz
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» ZiiLABS ZMS-08
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Cortex A8
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» ATM7029
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250
   1 GHz / 0 MB
» Loongson 2F
   0.9 GHz / 0.5 MB
» Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227
   0.6 GHz / 0 MB
» unknown
   0 GHz / 0 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- VIA Nano QuadCore L4700
   1.2 GHz / 4 MB
- Intel Pentium 3561Y
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
- Intel Pentium 3560Y
   1.2 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
- Intel Celeron 2961Y
   1.1 GHz / 0.5 MB + 2 MB
- Qualcomm MSM8974AB
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
» Qualcomm MSM8974
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB
+ Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
   1.4 GHz / 3072 KB
+ Mediatek MT6595
   2 GHz / KB
+ Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa
   1.8 GHz / 512 + 2048 KB
+ AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58
   1.9 GHz / 1024 KB
+ NVIDIA Tegra 4
   1.8 GHz / KB
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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-10-10)